Tony Pulis says his players could have done no more after Albion crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Derby.
Matt Phillips continued his good form in front of goal before Derby scored twice in three second half minutes.
Albion unusually enjoyed the lion's share of possesion and had nearly 30 shots on target yet still somehow lost to the Championship side.
"I'm really proud of the players," Pulis insisted.
"They've worked so hard. We battered them. We needed a break and we didn't get a break.
"The two goals they scored are disappointing from our point of view. We should have dealt with the first one - we stepped away from their player.
"With the second one, we'll have to talk about the wall. I've been in to see Jon [Moss, the referee], and he's marked out 13 paces for that free-kick. With others in the game, he's marked out 10 paces. Those are the breaks you need to get through in cup football."
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